Child Safety Introduction
One of the things we parents fear most for our
children is that they will be unintentionally and unnecessarily hurt.
Skinned knees and incidental boo-boos aside, the environment we create for them
is the one they live in, and though we can't wrap them in bubble wrap till
they're 21, there are many things we can do to help protect them from
Some of these things are educational, others
observational, and still others involve safety equipment or choices about
furniture, or positions of items in the household.
This guide is far from all-inclusive, but the major steps you can take ahead of
time are listed below.
- Install smoke and
carbon monoxide detectors.
- Check the batteries
monthly. Replace the batteries annually.
- Have fire
extinguishers on hand, and on every floor of the house.
- Use the daylight
saving time change as a reminder to check the charge on your extinguishers.
- Procure a weather
alert radio and an emergency kit.
- Plan for a fire escape
route and a safe place to meet in an emergency or if you have to evacuate the
Keep a list of important
phone numbers, and have your important papers in a safe place.
This page was authored by Dr. James C.
Montgomery MD FAAP.